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  • The Best of NOW: The Wars

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    S 2010 : Ep 04.22.10 - 4/22/10

    NOW on PBS has been covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for as long as we've been on the air. NOW's work -- which includes being embedded with U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, meeting soldiers' families in Texas, taking fire in Iraq's Anbar Province, and seeing how we treat wounded veterans back home -- shines a new light on human costs of war, and the price we pay going forward.moreless
  • A Town Revitalized?

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    S 2010 : Ep 04.08.10 - 4/8/10

    How to revitalize America's towns? Braddock, Pennsylvania's Mayor John Fetterman -- dubbed "America's Coolest Mayor" by The New York Times -- is taking some unconventional approaches to re-inspiring its residents. Braddock is being revitalized with new youth and art programs, renovations of abandoned real estate, and bold plans to attract artists and green industries.moreless
  • Maximum Capacity

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    S 2010 : Ep 04.01.10 - 4/1/10

    With its innovative plan to keep released inmates from coming back, the Sheridan Correctional Center is trying to redefine "tough on crime" by being the largest fully dedicated drug prison in the country. The approach involves aggressive counseling, job training, and following the convicts after they get out. Can their novel approach keep convicts out of jail for good?moreless
  • Angry Voters

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    S 2010 : Ep 02.18.10 - 2/18/10

    From the raucous tea party rallies to the painful sacrifices families are making behind closed doors, voter angst and anger are sweeping the country like a storm. Directly in its path: the 2010 midterm elections. NOW examines the strong impact this groundswell has already had on electoral politics, and what we can expect in November..moreless
  • Democrats and the New Politics of Abortion

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    S 2010 : Ep 02.04.10 - 2/4/10

    Now that the Democratic Party has the legislative upper hand, are they willing to negotiate away reproductive rights for other political gains? NOW goes to Allentown, PA to ask: Are abortion rights now in jeopardy at the very hands of the party that has historically protected them? Among those interviewed are pro-life Democratic U.S. Representative Bart Stupak and former DNC Chairman Howard Dean.moreless
  • The Marines Are Landing

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    S 2009 : Ep 12.11.09 - 12/11/09

    Why are we sending thousands of military personnel to Guam?
  • Climate Crisis

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    S 2009 : Ep 11.27.09 - 11/27/09

    The Maldives, a nation of roughly 1200 low-lying islands in the Indian Ocean, could be underwater by the end of this century if climate change causes ocean levels to rise. On the eve of the big climate summit in Copenhagen, the country's president, Mohamed Nasheed, is warning of a massive exodus from the Maldives if drastic global action is not taken.moreless
  • Who's Helping Our Wounded Vets?

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    S 2009 : Ep 11.20.09 - 11/20/09

    The Pentagon estimates that as many as one in five American soldiers are coming home from war zones with traumatic brain injuries. But lost in the reports of these returning soldiers are the stories of family members who often sacrifice everything to care for them. NOW reveals how little has been done to help these family caregivers, and reports on dedicated efforts to support them.moreless
  • Electric Car Dreams

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    S 2009 : Ep 10.29.09 - 10/29/09

    NOW investigates how the Danish government and Better Place are working together to put electric cars into the hands of as many Danish families as possible. The idea is still having trouble getting out of the garage here in America, but Denmark could be an inspiration.moreless
  • Life Panel? Death Panel?

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    S 2009 : Ep 10.08.09 - 10/8/09

    How did private discussions between seniors and their doctors about end-of-life choices for the very ill or dying become a flash point in the national health care debate? NOW travels to Wisconsin to sit in on some of these sessions and see how health care reform could profoundly affect the lives of American seniors.moreless
  • Surrogacy: Wombs for Rent?

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    S 2009 : Ep 09.18.09 - 9/18/09

    Commercial surrogacy is banned in almost every developed country in the world except the United States, making it a land of opportunity for parents around the world. NOW investigates how shady surrogacy services and a lack of regulation in the U.S. may be defrauding hopeful couples and victimizing mothers trying to help them.moreless
  • Africa: House Calls and Health Care

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    S 2009 : Ep 09.10.09 - 9/10/09

    NOW travels to the village of Rwinkwavu to meet the Rwandan doctors, nurses and villagers who are teaming up with Boston-based Partners in Health and the Rwandan government to deliver medicine and medical counseling door-to-door. Would such an innovation work in America?moreless
  • After Guantanamo

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    S 2009 : Ep 09.03.09 - 9/3/09

    NOW on PBS investigates the controversial tactic of "preventative detention," a government plan that may detain suspects indefinitely without trial or even formal charges. Implementing such a plan may have far-reaching consequences on not just our fight against terrorism, but the integrity of the U.S. Constitution and the cause of human rights.moreless
  • Keep on Trucking?

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    S 2009 : Ep 08.27.09 - 8/27/09

    Where should America be placing its bets for moving our economy and what would you personally sacrifice for it? Correspondent Miles O'Brien looks at the contemporary needs, challenges, and solutions for transporting vital cargo across America, and how those decisions affect the way you live, work, and travel.moreless
  • Wall Street Reform and You

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    S 2009 : Ep 07.23.09 - 7/23/09

    The Obama Administration recently released its proposal for financial regulatory reform, but before change comes to Wall Street, a reform plan has to get through Congress with its teeth intact. David Brancaccio sits with Zanny Minton Beddoes, economics editor for The Economist magazine, to review the proposal and its ramifications for America.moreless
  • Inside Israel's Army

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    S 2009 : Ep 07.16.09 - 7/16/09

    NOW travels to Israel to see how a lifetime of war shapes the psyche of a nation where almost every able-bodied man and woman must serve in the military. NOW goes inside Israel's defense forces -- where few have gone before -- to speak with reservists about the impact of constant war on both their lives and their world view.moreless
  • Ocean Tipping Point?

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    7/2/09

    NOW looks at a growing body of evidence that suggests climate change is affecting the chemistry of the seas, which could have potentially catastrophic results on the way we live. NOW travels deep into our oceans with a scientist from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and help from other researchers for a first hand look at this stunning sea change, and what we can do about it.moreless
  • Obama's Border Fence

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    7/2/09

    NOW travels to Texas to meet border families who fear losing their property, their safety, and their way of life. Many question if the U.S.-Mexico border fence can keep people from sneaking in at all. An even greater worry may be the virtual fence the Obama administration is planning for the remaining 1,300 miles of border, at an estimated cost of nearly $7 billion.moreless
  • Homes for the Homeless?

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    S 2009 : Ep 06.25.09 - 6/25/09

    Max Rameau of Take Back the Land says that foreclosed homes shouldn't go to waste. He encourages and facilitates homeless "squatting." It's an idea that addresses both homelessness and foreclosed homes -- and it's also completely illegal.moreless
  • Student Loan Sinkole?

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    S 2009 : Ep 06.18.09 - 6/18/09

    NOW follows the story of a single mother in Baltimore trying to dig herself out of a $70,000 student loan debt. While issues of personal responsibility are debated, there's no question the high price of higher education is creating an ocean of student loan debt for people who can least afford it -- and yet another frustrating complication for America's economic recovery.moreless
  • Food, Inc.

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    S 2009 : Ep 06.05.09 - 6/5/09

    Americans have a longstanding love affair with food -- the modern supermarket has, on average, 47,000 products. But do we really know what goes into making the products we so eagerly consume? David Brancaccio talks with filmmaker Robert Kenner, the director of Food, Inc., which takes a hard look at the secretive and surprising journey food takes on the way from processing plants to our dinner tables. The two discuss why contemporary food processing secrets are so closely guarded, their impact on our health, and another surprising fact: how consumers are actually empowered to make a difference.moreless
  • Rehab for Terrorists?

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    S 2009 : Ep 05.22.09 - 5/22/09

    This week NOW on PBS partners with best-selling author and journalist Robert Lacey to investigate the surprising success of Saudi Arabia's approach to dealing with terrorists and extremists - without torture or water-boarding. Given extraordinary access to the Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry and its practices, Lacey visits terrorist rehabilitation camps that use "soft policing" tactics to be nice to the bad guys.moreless
  • Can the U.N. Keep the Peace?

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    S 2009 : Ep 05.15.09 - 5/15/09

    A record 115,000 U.N. peacekeepers are now deployed in 20 countries, and their mission is more vital than ever. But critics and insiders alike are openly worried that the current peacekeeping model is overstretched-and at risk of failure. This week, NOW travels to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to witness today's largest and most expensive peacekeeping operation. There, 17,000 U.N. troops are tasked with protecting millions of people over a rugged and dangerous territory the size of the Eastern United States. But the effort is struggling-last November, local rebels massacred civilians less than a mile from one of the U.N. bases.moreless
  • Power Struggle

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    S 2009 : Ep 01.16.09 - 1/16/09

    NOW travels to California, which has the most ambitious clean energy plan in the nation. But the state's efforts face stiff opposition from property owners and conservationists who prefer renewable energy from "local sources," such as photovoltaic rooftop solar panels. Complicating the matter are claims that the transmission lines are not actually carrying renewable energy at all, but represent a thinly-disguised strategy to stick to old energy practices.moreless
  • Fighting Child Prostitution

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    S 7 : Ep 22 - 5/30/08

    Fighting Child Prostitution from the show Now is a documentary program introduced by David Brancaccio. The program follows Maria Hinojosa who explores the increasing problem of child prostitution in Atlanta, Georgia. During the program Maria interviews child prostitutes, police officers, convicted pimps, child advocates and Mayor Shirley Franklin who campaigns to raise awareness of child exploitation and offers support to victims by providing a safe houses.moreless
  • Home Grown

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    S 6 : Ep 2 - 1/12/07

    The diesel engine is a century old invention originally built to use biodiesel fuel derived from corn. "BioWillie" is a new company started by country music singer Willie Nelson. It is a blend of vegetable oil and petroleum diesel. This fuel helps U.S. family farmers by creating an alternate market for growing new types of crops. NOW interviewer Brancaccio illustrates the growing demand for the fuel by average Americans, environmentalists, and even several giant energy corporations. Biodiesel fuel produces less greenhouse gases responsible for global warming and acid rain, and the fuel is useable in any diesel engine, says Willie Nelson.moreless
  • Race, Class, and Katrina

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    S 4 : Ep 36 - 9/9/05

    This episode discusses how race and class affected the reaction by the US government to Hurricane Katrina, and how it shaped the opinions of views of others in the country. It describes how the poorer and predominantly African-American citizens of New Orleans might have played into the slow reaction time by FEMA and other emergency response services, and the poor treatment of the displaced people in the aftermath.moreless
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